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We did Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston a lot as well as Splash Town. Back in the mid 60's when the Astrodome opened we did the tour. Used to visit
NASA a lot too, got a few good tours from my Cousin's husband when he was a contractor there. Didn't much care for Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San
I went to Disney World the first time just after it opened to the public while on a school trip.
Been back several times before we got the lay of the land and all the amenities available.
If you are going to do Disney, save up and do it whole hog. Be sure to take a scanner. During our visits they used plain radios with no encryption. A
lot of stuff goes on behind the scenes. If still available the Underground tour is interesting as is the Hydroponic Gardens tour. We've been during
the summer and the off-season (fewer people, shorter queues). We liked off-season the best.
We liked to take a extra few days outside Disney to look at other attractions, burn up the balance of two weeks with travel before moving on to
Disney. We liked dropping our car at the airport, renting a newer luxury car and driving.
Years ago when my friend and I were both still working and had to take our accumulated vacation, we spent a week two separate years in the big suites
at the top, on the Concierge floor, of the Contemporary Resort.
At the time, seemingly in conflict with where we were staying, we tailored a package that included Gold Key passes and lots of other goodies. The Gold
Key included transportation, all the parks, meals, snacks and gratuity. When a waiter saw the card they always recommended the best they had. We did
it mainly so we didn't need to carry much except a small fanny pack and camera. We just paid the up charge for the suite.
I think they called it the Presidential suite and it had a Bay Lake View.
Our AT&T account manager gave us passes to their VIP lounge at Epcot for refreshments and which also allowed us to bypass the queue of the Spaceship
We only got in trouble at the character breakfast on one trip when we told Chip and Dale we suspected them being gay. Since they are not allowed to
speak, we got a note explaining their relationship. The other characters were a little cold after that.
We did get to meet a celebrity or two staying up there but it has been long enough and we are not that impressed with celebrity, so I can't remember
I know the accountants have gotten into everything now and don't know if it would be as much fun any more. I looked around and they dismantled the
Magic Kingdom Club and the Gold Key. It looks like they modified the suites and now offer a Platinum Card that does some of the same things but the
waiters and restaurants don't have the best and don't push the best anymore.
Maybe the 70's and 80's were the best times and we don't have that kind of spare change to blow any more.
We also tried a week long Caribbean cruise but neither of us liked the regimentation or eating with the same people all the time. But we were glad we
booked a large suite with a balcony. We liked the casino but it didn't hold a candle to Vegas. The stops were kind of filthy. Definitely need more
than three semi formal gowns for meals and activities. We should have done the research and planning ourselves. Trusting an agent was a mistake. I
think we would have loved the old prewar transatlantic steam ships.
I think now, if we were feeling well enough, we would definitely go to Vegas or Branson, Missouri.
New York was too crowded, New Jersey was blah and San Fransisco was strange although across the bridge and a walk in Muir Woods was great. Taos, New
Mexico was relaxing.
A tour of the Nation Parks again would be fun except for all the crime and the Government pests.
I enjoyed a tour of Fermi Labs, HP, DEC and IBM manufacturing/sales head quarters, disappointed in the Bull & Finch Pub in Boston, Fenway Park was
interesting, Wrigley Field was OK but the Playboy Club in Chicago was embarrassing with all those guys.
Anyway, we just like staying home, visiting friends and occasionally fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or one of the Bays.